As owner of Be, I have my hand in most everything. I am tremendously grateful to my dedicated and talented staff who truly make it happen. Be Yoga has taught me both how to be a strong leader and a compassionate collaborator.
When and how did you start practicing yoga?
I started practicing yoga in 1993 in the sanctuary of my church. I did this for years until I moved away and found a yoga studio near my new home. Each place that I have lived throughout my adult life I have found yoga studios to learn and grow from. I feel so blessed to have studied from a variety of amazing and talented teachers.
How has it helped you grow as a person?
Yoga has impacted my life in many ways both big and small. For well over 20 years. I have come to rely on yoga as a steady, honest and true friend. It has gotten me through challenging times by helping me find an even breath and ability to stay grounded in my own body and inner knowing. Yoga has helped me tap into my own strength and resilience both physically and emotionally.
I consider myself pretty spiritual and I am certainly drawn to the more mystical side of life. Yoga has been in anchor for me and way to calm my body and mind so that I can sit in meditation or really be with one of my acupuncture patients or be with my seven year old.
What should students expect from your class?
I predominately teach deep stretch, restorative and occasionally slow flow. I like to take my students on a journey deeper into their own soul. Yoga, for me, is a way to access my own self and my hope is that my students leave my classes knowing themselves a little bit better. I also hope that students leave feeling a bit lighter, ready to truly be with the joys and sorrows of life.
Be Yoga has a number of class styles. Which is your favorite, and why?
I love yoga period. Some days my body needs to move, feel strong and other days my body needs to restore. I love the embrace of the complete spectrum of yoga that Be offers. We are not static beings and our yoga should reflect this.
What element of yoga philosophy fascinates you the most?
I love learning and seeing in myself, how closely our mind, body and spirit are interwoven. I enjoy that yoga is a union of these elements of being. I’m a student at heart and love that the study of yoga is never ending.
What do you like to do when you’re not doing Yoga?
I enjoying spending time with my beloved husband and daughter. I enjoy dance, walking and being outdoors. I’m dedicated to the practice of acupuncture and healing. I love laughing and spending time with soul friends.
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Had one of the best yoga/meditation sessions of my life today at Wendy Swanson’s Winter Goddess Practice. Grateful for such an amazing community of yogis. I’m still buzzing from the high!Sarah O.
As a 63 year old who has always hated to exercise I could see my flexibility was getting problematic. I like to garden so getting up and down was getting difficult for me and was taking the fun out of being in the garden. I had considered Yoga but was hesitant and also the concept of hot Yoga was totally unappealing (I am already too hot). But I decided to try the Deep Stretch [with Wendy] and am now hooked after about 2 months of taking the class. Instructors have been patient, welcoming and so nice. I can already feel a difference in the garden and am feeling much stronger as well. I eventually will get up courage to try something else but can’t rave enough about how well I feel mentally and physically about this new addition to my life.Happy Yogi
This class was beautiful. I’ve never been more at peace. I also haven’t slept that good in a long time!Ashley W.